Third Russian plane heads to Yemen for evacuation

June 14th, 2011 - 11:01 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, June 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A third Russian Emergencies Ministry plane has left Russia for Yemen to evacuate Russian and CIS nationals, the ministry reported Tuesday.

Two Emergencies Ministry evacuation flights from Yemen brought 175 Russian and CIS citizens, including 59 children, to Moscow Monday.

Russia has already recalled 14 diplomats and their families from its embassy in Sana’a and general consulate in Aden.

There are about 800 Russians remaining in Yemen.

Anti-government protests against Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for 33 years, have been taking place for nearly five months.

The protests have recently escalated to frequent gun battles between Saleh loyalists and hundreds of members of Yemeni opposition tribal groups.

Several hundred people have reportedly been killed in Yemen since February, pushing the country to the brink of a civil war.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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